A crew is looking for an alligator about 5 feet in the Chicago Lagoon after residents report seeing the reptile hiding in the water.
The Chicago police tweeted on Tuesday that she had received several calls about an alligator in the Humboldt Park lagoon and had informed the animal control so that the reptile could be "trapped humanly" and transferred to a zoo for evaluation.
"We have independently confirmed that the alligator was in the lagoon and reptiles specialists say that it has a length of 4 to 5 feet," said Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police. . tweeted, saying that it was an "unusual day of news."
Wednesday afternoon, a crew was still trying to catch the gator safely.
A member of the Chicago Herpetological Society, who describes himself only as "Alligator Bob," said in an interview with Animal Care and Control in Chicago that they had installed three traps containing a chicken, a rat and a fish for attempt to attract the alligator.
"We hope to make it fast and safe for everyone," he said.
Bob added that they thought that the alligator, which most likely weighs about 10 pounds, was bred as a pet and then thrown into the lagoon. According to NBC Chicago, American alligators are illegal in Illinois.
Bob also stated that he did not think the gator would "jump out of the water and attack people," but they expect it to become "vicious" once that he is trapped.
"He will do everything he can because he has never been trapped before," he said. "He's already in shock."
Although alligators in Chicago waters are rare, this is not the first time that one has caught in the area. In 2008, Bob helped catch a five-foot alligator at Bubbly Creek, he told Animal Care and Control. In 2010, he also helped trap an alligator in the North Branch of the Chicago River, the Chicago Tribune reported.